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Nevada County Woods Riders

Preliminary Application Comments


 On behalf of myself and CORVA I would like to strongly support the grants submitted by the Nevada County Woods Riders.

Ground Operation Grants #G08-04-18-G01, G08-04-18-G02, G08-04-18-G03, G08-04-18-G04

All OHV enthusiasts are aware of the tremendous backlog of trail and infrastructure maintenance needs that exists in our national forests. At every Forest Service meeting, we hear the same thing over and over again; "we need the help of the volunteers because we don't have enough money to do badly needed repair and maintenance work on our roads and trails". It's been a constant reality that the Forest Service does not have the money or manpower to do even the minimum required to keep our trails in good working order.

So, in the spirit of cooperation and volunteerism, Nevada County Woods Riders has stepped forward to do the work the Forest Service does not have the time, money and manpower to accomplish. Nevada County Woods Riders should be commended for their willingness to undertake a task of this scope, and the Tahoe National Forest should be grateful to the Woods Riders for their continued volunteer efforts.

These grants should be funded to allow the Woods Riders to undertake these projects, which are necessary to the health of the trails systems in the forest.

Safety and Education Grant #G08-04-18-S01

This grant application presents a novel approach to educating OHV enthusiasts about land use plans, and how to work with land use agencies during their planning processes. This educational approach has been missing for OHV enthusiasts, up to now.

Teaching OHV enthusiasts how to respond to NEPA documents, and how to understand the NEPA process itself, will led to closer cooperation between OHV enthusiasts and agencies, and more participation from OHV enthusiasts in land use actions. Both of these actions are critical to ensuring that OHV opportunities remain existent in California. [Amy Granat, Northern Director - 4/6/09]


 The Merced Dirt Riders Inc. (MDR) will support the grants applied for by the Nevada County Woods Riders.

The past several years we are finding that the USFS entrusted to manage the lands owned by the people, have lost sight of their responsibility. They have taken it upon themselves to manage our land like they are the private owners and they are the only stakeholders. It has become more obvious as time goes by that the public needs to stand up and take back their power over our public lands, or our grandchildren will only be able to view the forests by virtual reality.

This group, consisting of a wealth of knowledge, resources and willingness to take on this task, should be rewarded for their vision and energy. However, they cannot do this by muscle alone but need resources to make the difference, they are willing and capable of making. I know this group personally and know of the ability to stand up and do exactly what they state they are going to do. Once a movement like this gets started others will look at this group as a pattern for going out and expanding on this concept.

State Parks & Recreation OHV division needs to recognize the movement here and be willing to accept the challenge this group has set up to help them get started. This could set a pattern for how to accomplish a lot with a little by getting people involved. We must support this type of movement and encourage them to fulfill their vision. This is a very intriguing grant request and one I am very glad to see, as it is a step outside the 'box'. [Michael Damaso, President - 4/6/09]



 I would like to comment on the Nevada County Woods Riders education and safety grant. I have reviewed this grant and see that it fills a need in educating people in the NEPA and CEQA processes. This is vital for OHV to be done in a responsible and well managed way. Please support this grant to the fullest extent possible. [Ed Stovin, CORVA - 4/3/09]



 This is a very intreguing grant request and one I am very glad to see as it is a step outside the 'box'.

The past several years we are finding that the USFS, entrusted to manage the lands owned by the people, have lost sight of their responsibility. They have taken it upon themselves to manage our land like they are the private owners and they are the only stakeholders. It has become more obvious as time goes by that the public needs to stand up and take back their power or our grandchildren will view the forests by virtual reality.

This group, consisting of a wealth of knowledge, resources and willingness to take on this task, should be rewarded for their vision and energy. However, they cannot do this by muscle alone but need resources to make the difference they are willing and capable of making. I know this group personally and know of the ability to stand up and do exactly what they state they are going to do. Once a movement like this gets started others will look at this group as a pattern for going out and expanding on this concept.

State Parks & Rec needs to recognize the movement here and be willing to accept the challenge this group has set up to help them get started. This could set a pattern for how to accomplish a lot with a little by getting people involved. We must support this type of movement and encourage them to fulfill their vision. [Sylvia Milligan - 3/17/09]